WUC Calls for Transparency on the 7th Anniversary of Urumqi Unrest

Press Release – For immediate release 
5 July 2016 
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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On the 7th anniversary of the unrest in Urumqi in July 2009, the World Uyghur Congress calls on the Chinese government to act transparently and reveal the whereabouts of countless Uyghurs who went missing as a result of intense crackdowns by police and security forces. Legitimate questions continue to go unanswered, exacerbating tension and resentment among the Uyghur population in East Turkestan.

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World Uyghur Congress 5th General Assembly in Paris, France

Press Release – For immediate release 
1 July 2016 
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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The World Uyghur Congress, under the co-sponsorship of the France Uyghur Community (Association des Ouïghours de France) and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), will be holding its 5th General Assembly from 11-13 July in Paris, France, with a public opening ceremony to be held on 11 July, from 9:30-12:00, at the Palais du Luxembourg (15 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006).

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China: policies aimed at diminishing status of the Uyghur language in society and education a human rights violation

Uyghur Human Rights Project, 14 June 2016

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UHRP  International Uyghur Language Day, commemorated on June 15th, was inaugurated in 2015 to celebrate the Uyghur language and to highlight state policies undermining its status in the Uyghur homeland.

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Open Letter to Angela Merkel Ahead of Visit to China

For immediate release
10 June 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

open letter picAhead of German Chancellor Angel Merkel’s upcoming diplomatic and trade visit to China from June 12-14, the World Uyghur Congress and the Society for Threatened Peoples has written an open letter urging the German government to substantively raise issues from restrictions on religious practice during  Ramadan, Ilham Tohti’s continued detention, and the recent mistreatment and crackdown on lawyers, human rights defenders and activists. The text and PDF versions of the letter can be found below:

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On the Eve of Ramadan, China Releases White Paper on ‘Freedom of Religion’ in East Turkestan

For immediate release
6 June 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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The World Uyghur Congress is deeply concerned by the White Paper recently released by the Chinese Communist Party that suggests that freedom of religion has been widely protected in East Turkestan. Basic facts in the document are clearly unsubstantiated considering the countless cases of overt discrimination on the basis of religion.

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Escalation of Uyghur Hunger Strike in Bangkok

World Uyghur Congress, 3 June 2016

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The WUC has received some updated information regarding the group of Uyghurs who are currently in detention in Bangkok, Thailand, and on a hunger strike to protest their poor treatment, challenge the legality of their indefinite detention, and bring greater attention to their circumstances. Read the original statement here.

As previously reported, 15 Uyghurs began a hunger strike on May 31st at 15:00 local time, but that number has now reached 31 and includes all Uyghurs currently at the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) in Bangkok.

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Uyghurs Held Without Charge Begin Hunger Strike at Thai Immigration Detention Facility

For immediate release
31 May 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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A group of 15 Uyghurs, who have been held at an immigration detention facility in Bangkok, Thailand, for over two years, began a hunger strike at 15:00 local time today (31 May 2016) to protest their poor treatment, challenge the legality of their indefinite detention, and bring greater attention to their circumstances.

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The WUC Mourns the Loss of Italian Politician and Human Rights Champion, Marco Pannella

For immediate release
20 May 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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All those at the World Uyghur Congress and the Uyghur community are deeply saddened by the passing of Marco Pannella. Pannella was a consistent champion of Uyghur rights and the rights of oppressed and unrepresented peoples around the world.

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